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georgia and southern virginia to washington, d. -- washington, d.c., where she grew up. her book is just out and called "the warmth of oth suns: the epic story of amica's great migration." shis also the first african- american woman to win a pulitzer prize and is crowned a professor of journalism and director of narrative nonfiction at boston university. she joins me in the studio. welcome. absolutely remarkable book. what inspired you? talk about your own family. >> in some ways, i think that grew up with fact that almost born to be writing this book. another migrated from georgia come a small towto washington, d.c.. -- my mother migrated from georgia, and my father migrated from southern virginia. they met in washington, d.c. and met. if it was not for the migration, they would not have met and i would not be here. >> what did they leave? what they were living under a caste system which dictated and controlled every lives of african-americans. in many ways the were seeking political asylum from a caste system that determined that in birmingham, a black person and a white person could n
project in west virginia. if approved, the spurs no. 1 mine would be one of the bgest strip mining projes in all of appalachian states, impacting acres of forests o and 7 miles of streams. well, jeff biggers is a journalist and cultural historian who has been extensively covered mining in the appalachian region but we only have about a no-minute to speak with you. -- we only have about a minute to speak with you. >> i think across the nation, the coal fields really are having a watershed event for the progressive community. appalaian rising made a very compelling point that mountaintop removal only provides a% of our national co- production, so they're really taking the struggle to washington and asking president obama to say if you cannot even stand up to big coal and follow your role of science, you know, the epa has told us that mountaintop removal create irreversible damage to our head water streams, and if he cannot stand up to bid: stop one of the most egregious human rights and environmental violations, how come we began to discuss a comprehensive energy and health care legislation
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